Video: Easter Meaning (Why Is Easter Called Easter?)

Why is Easter Called Easter? In this short video you will come to a better understanding of the origin and meaning of the word “Easter.” First, it is important to understand that in most languages other than English and German, the root word for the season of Easter is actually Pasch as in Paschal or […]

The Liturgy of the Word Lesson Plan

I realized as I was teaching one of the final lessons of the year this week that I don’t share what I actually do in class often enough. I make a lot of suggestions based on what works for me, but it has been awhile since I shared a full lesson plan that I have […]

Catholic Mass Activities for Kids

There are so many fun ways to teach kids about the Catholic Mass. This collection of Catholic Mass activities should help you plan your next lesson about the mass or help prepare students for school or parishes masses throughout the year. Whether you are teaching students about the liturgy or specifically about the Eucharist, try […]

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

If you sat down to think about it, you could probably come up with a long list of things that God gives us to make us better people. There are a whole host of gifts that allow us to reach our dreams and conquer our greatest challenges, but based on the Scriptures (Isaiah 11:2-3) and […]

Catholic Easter Activities

Easter is such an a great time of year to share activities and worksheets that illustrate the important teachers about Christ’s resurrection and our redemption from sin and death. Explore the following Easter activities for kids as a part of your Easter lesson plans this year: Engaging Catholic Activities for Easter Loyola Press Easter Resources (Loyola […]

Post-Confirmation Lesson Plan and Discussion

What do you teach after Confirmation is over (post-Confirmation sessions)? I recently shared a Confirmation lesson plan that focused on the deductive method of catechesis. The other approach to teaching ritual is the inductive method. This method begins with the ritual and and applies the actions to beliefs. In the case of Confirmation, this means […]

Rite of Confirmation Lesson Plan

According to the National Directory for Catechesis, there are two approaches to teaching ritual: the inductive method and the deductive method (NDC, 29). I wrote about these two approaches in a general way in a recent article published in the National Catholic Educational Association’s journal, Momemtum (February/March 2011, pp. 22-23). In the lesson plan below, […]

Catholic Mass Reflection Questions

Occasionally you will have the opportunity to meet with students either before or after mass. As I mentioned in my post on, “How to Get Teens to Participate in Mass,” it is critical that we help young people connect their personal experiences with the Liturgy (“find their feelings”) and learn more about the God […]

End of the School Year Ideas and Activities

The end of the year is quickly approaching for most schools and religious education programs. For teachers this can be just as stressful that the rest of the year. Many students—especially seniors and 8th graders—“check-out” early in the second semester with a bad case of “senioritis.” Other students wait joyfully in anticipation of the close […]